Monday is National Dog Day — a day set aside to highlight pooches that need to be rescued (and to raise a paw to the one creature in your life who is always happy to see you when you get home).
The Sail Pavilion celebrates National Dog Day from 2 to 8 p.m. with free dog treats, Frosty Paws for purchase and drink specials for dog owners on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St. in Tampa.
While Monday is the official day to toast pooches, many cities and towns hosted earlier events to allow for Fido to have a day out on the town.
Over the weekend, more than 200 dogs took part of Fossil Park's Dog Swim Day in St. Petersburg.
The two-day event allowed for leash-free swimming (but no humans in the pool) at 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. N.
Meanwhile in Tarpon Springs, the Artists' Faire Gallery held a Dog Daze of Summer event, offering free human and dog treats and free professional photographs.
In addition to a host of special events for pooches, the annual celebration also encourages residents to consider adopting a dog or donate $5 to local shelters.